Bartees Strange
Birth nameBartees Leon Cox Jr.
BornJanuary 30, 1989 [1]
Ipswich, England [2]
OriginMustang, Oklahoma, USA
GenresIndie rock, hip hop, jazz
Years active2020–present
Associated actsStay Inside; Maneka; Oceanator; The National

Bartees Leon Cox Jr., known by his stage name Bartees Strange, is an English-born American musician. Cox was born in Ipswich, England,[3] raised in Mustang, Oklahoma, but is now based in Washington D.C.[4]

Cox has been an active musician throughout the 2010s, notably as a member of Brooklyn-based post-hardcore band Stay Inside from 2016 to 2018. In late 2017, Cox released his first solo effort, the acoustic folk EP "Magic Boy" under the name Bartees & The Strange Fruit.[5]

In March 2020, Cox released an EP of songs by The National that were re-imagined by him, titled Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy and released on Brassland.[6] Cox was named an Artist To Watch by Stereogum in September 2020 [7] and released his first full-length album on October 2, 2020 titled Live Forever.[8] The album is a mix of hip hop, indie rock, and jazz music.[9][10] The album received universal acclaim from reviews.[11][12]

Strange participated in the 2020 Thursday Signals V2 live show.[13]

In 2021, Bartees Strange joined Lucy Dacus on part of her Fall 2021 Tour along with multiple other bands and artists. Bartees Strange performed as the opening act at shows in places like Boston and Washington D.C.

Early life

Cox was born in Ipswich, England, to a military father and opera-singer mother. The family moved from England to Germany, Greenland and various US states before settling in Mustang, Oklahoma when he was aged 12.[14] Before becoming a musician, Cox worked as the director of communications for a nonprofit environmental organization in Washington D.C.[15]


Studio albums
Extended plays

As lead artist

Title Year Album
"About Today" 2020 Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy
"Going Going" / "HAGS" Non-album singles
"The Geese of Beverly Road" / "Looking for Astronauts"
"Mustang" Live Forever
"Kelly Rowland"
"The Pearl"
(with Lorenzo Wolff)
2021 Non-album single
"Weights" Live Forever (Deluxe)

As featured artist

Title Year Album
"Plead Insanity"
(Spring Silver featuring Bartees Strange and Sad13)
2020 Non-album singles
"Goldbrick Champion"
(Broke Royals featuring Bartees Strange)
Guest appearances
List of guest appearances as featured artist, with the respective artists and albums
Title Year Artist Album
"It's Gold" 2020 Project Diem Pluto
"Top of the World" Dave Hause Patty
"Monsters" 2021 Hit Like a Girl Heart Racer
Song Year Artist Album Title
"Bone Skull" 2021 Glass Beach alchemist rats beg bashful (remixes) Bartees Strange Remix
"Smartest Man"
(featuring Arlissa)
Homeschool Homeschool: Book I Bartees Strange Remix
"Pool" Samia The Baby Reimagined Bartees Strange Version
"Dreams" Hannah Georgas All That Emotion Versions Bartees Strange Remix
"Emergency Equipment & Exits" Ganser Look At The Sun Bartees Strange Remix
"Pool Hopping" Illuminati Hotties Non-album singles Strange Pool Remix
"Kyoto" Phoebe Bridgers Bartees Strange Remix


  1. ^ "Brassland | Bartees Strange".
  2. ^ "Brassland | Bartees Strange".
  3. ^ "Brassland | Bartees Strange".
  4. ^ Wallock, Matt (19 March 2020). "Bartees Strange Wants to Make Indie Rock—and the World—A More Equitable Place". AdHoc. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Bartees & the Strange Fruit – Magic Boy (2017, File)".
  6. ^ McKenna, Lyndsey. "For Bartees Strange, Everything Is Everything". NPR Music. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  7. ^ Gordon, Arielle (16 September 2020). "Artist To Watch: Bartees Strange". Stereogum. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  8. ^ Shaffer, Claire (12 August 2020). "Bartees Strange Announces Debut Album, 'Live Forever,' Shares 'Boomer'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  9. ^ Payne, Chris. "Meet Bartees Strange, the D.C. Musician Who's Revitalizing Indie Rock". Billboard. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  10. ^ Chelosky, Danielle. "Bartees Strange Gives In To Lawless Creation". MTV News. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  11. ^ Josephs, Brian. "Bartees Strange: Live Forever". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Live Forever by Bartees Strange".
  13. ^ "Thursday Signals V2 2020 Live Event". Retrieved 2021-01-01.
  14. ^ Shaffer, Claire (8 October 2020). "Bartees Strange Is Tired of Your Genres". Rolling Stone.
  15. ^ Barrios, Maria. "Bartees Strange makes some changes". The Washington Post.
  16. ^ "Bartees & the Strange Fruit – Magic Boy (2017, File)".
  17. ^ Manno, Lizzie (2020-10-05). "Bartees Strange's Live Forever Refuses to Conform".